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Ask FLYING monthly tip answered - Precipitation types

Each month Dr. Scott Dennstaedt will answer one of FLYING magazine reader's questions about weather. They will be posted online at One reader recently asked...

Q: Is it possible to identify the typical sequence during which snow will fall in the Midwest versus an area prone to receiving lake effect snow? It seems snow pellets or sleet/ice pellets appear before flakes in some circumstances.

Check out Scott's answer below...

Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Weather Systems Engineer

Founder, EZWxBrief™

CFI & former NWS meteorologist

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